Save or splurge? Classic mascaras are put to the test

This week, our Save or splurge challenge sought to find out which of two classic, ubiquitous mascaras is really the best: Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara ($6) and Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara ($27).

Mascara is essential in putting my look together, whether that be made up to the max for a night out, or more natural for a day at work. Even if I'm just rushing out of the house, a touch of mascara makes all the difference when it comes to looking more wide awake and just overall put together. Like I've said before, I love to focus on my eyes, and with a little blush and just a bit of mascara, I'm good to go in the mornings. So testing out the ultimate in the classic mascaras was super fun for me!

Which of these two OG mascaras won? Which one has the bragging rights to call itself the best classic mascara ever? Read on!


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Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara makes it on to the essential beauty products lists of pretty much every magazine I have ever read. It's been around forever, it's foolproof, it doesn't run, they all say. But honestly, I'm not a huge fan. I think it does its job, it's just that if mascara is one of the two pieces of makeup I'm wearing for the day, the results better be pretty significant (read: va-va-voom!) for me to fall in love with a product. This drugstore staple, which has many, many versions now, honestly just doesn't do it for me. Sure there was no running, but my lashes looked as if I weren't wearing any mascara at all--and that's just not a good look.

Okay, so you already know which one won: Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara. But let me just tell you all why. I know it's a little on the pricier side, but the results were so spectacular, I felt like I was wearing falsies. I could see an immediate difference with just a few strokes of this mascara's (magic) wand. My lashes looked fuller and more intense, and that's definitely the look I'm after. Lush lashes are something I'm willing to pay for!

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